Five Students Vying for First in ‘PITTCCH Competition’

Graphic promoting PITTCCH Competition finals with photos of five student finalists.

WINTERVILLE—After pitching business ideas to a panel of Pitt Community College faculty last month, five PCC students have advanced to the finals of the college’s “PITTCCH Competition” and will vie for the top prize Monday night.

Organized by the PCC Business & Entrepreneurship Department, the competition is similar to “Shark Tank.” Monday’s final round will feature contestants presenting entrepreneurial concepts to a four-member panel comprised of representatives from the local business community to win a cash prize they can invest into growing their product/business. First-place receives $1,500, and two runners-up will receive $500 each.

PCC Entrepreneurship Program Coordinator Jared Taunton helped organize the competition and says it was open to all currently-enrolled Pitt students.

“We recognize many students are creative and have aspirations to venture out on their own. At the same time, funding is a major issue for many start-up entrepreneurs,” he said. “We want to help students pursue their interests, so the ‘PITTCCH Competition’ gives them an opportunity to do that.”

Taunton said following the contest’s first round on March 14, judges announced Franklin Galberth, Abigail Hubbard, April Kelly, Zylah King and Jackson Lesniak had been selected to move on to the finals, which will take place in the Eddie & Jo Allison Smith Center for Student Advancement’s Chris Smith Multipurpose Room.

Taunton says PCC has partnered with the Winterville Chamber of Commerce to have an entrepreneurs mixer in conjunction with the final round. He says contestants will deliver pitches between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. and the mixer will take place from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The winners of the competition will be announced at approximately 6:45 p.m., he said, adding that refreshments would be served throughout the event.